SPRING 2015 UPDATE - School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech



QUARTERLY UPDATE : SPRING 2015

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In their own words: A research trip to Bolivia changes travelers’ perspectives
A dozen students traveled to Bolivia during Spring Break to try out cheaper, easier air- and water-quality testing methods. They also collected data about air pollution for La Paz commuters and the cleanliness of water sources in nearby rural communities. Their work confirming that air quality for passengers of the city's new cable-car system is much better than other transit options made national headlines in the country...


Engineer and artist: Glaucio Paulino plans to take risks and blur boundaries as the new Jones Chair

Glaucio Paulino brought his groundbreaking and silo-shattering work on origami engineering, topology optimization, and meta-materials to CEEatGT in January. As the new Raymond Allen Jones Endowed Chair, Paulino says he wants to indulge in some risky, but potentially game-changing, work...


Engineers and climate change: Inaugural Hyatt lecturer Wayne Clough says we must design and build for a new paradigm
Georgia Tech President Emeritus Wayne Clough said engineers have a responsibility to plan for climate change in the first-ever Hyatt Distinguished Alumni Leadership Lecture in March. Clough said he knows climate change can be a controversial subject. But he said engineers can’t ignore the potential impacts and they shouldn’t stand aside and let others make decisions for them...




Undergrad Laura O’Connell talks with President Obama about college costs
President Obama stopped by Georgia Tech in early March to talk about his new student aid bill of rights. Thousands of students packed McCamish Pavilion for the president's speech, but only three had a chance to talk to POTUS directly about college affordability. CEEatGT's Laura O’Connell was one of those...

Ugandan village has a new well and clean water, thanks to Tech students
A team from the Georgia Tech chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to Uganda during the winter break to install a new well for a remote village. The well and hand-operated pump are the first phase of a distribution system that will eventually serve about 1,200 villagers...

A place to learn: Alumna helps build a new future for Peruvian children
Alumna Andrea Ardiles is using her civil engineering degree to transform the educational opportunities of poor children in Peru. Her year-old nonprofit, Learning Goal, has built two new classrooms and a new school for three communities and they’re hoping to finish 10 new projects this year...

Alumna aims to bring better planning to a busier world
Josie Kressner has turned her Ph.D. research into a startup company to improve the way planners forecast transportation needs decades into the future. She’s working now on a pilot project with the Atlanta Regional Commission...

US News ranks graduate environmental engineering program No. 4 in the nation, civil engineering No. 5
U.S. News & World Report’s annual graduate program rankings once again put CEE’s civil and environmental engineering degrees among the nation’s best. The environmental program is ranked No. 4 and civil is No. 5., their same ranking from a year ago...

Studying how one beach’s microbes broke down the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill could help speed up the process next time
Kostas Konstantinidis and his colleagues have studied how microbes changed on one Florida beach as they broke down oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. That could help them figure out how to speed up the natural process in the future...

NSF's Science Nation features research finding new ways to strengthen buildings in earthquakes
A Science Nation segment highlighted School Chair Reginald DesRoches’ work testing new ways to retrofit and strengthen reinforced concrete buildings during earthquakes. The project involves shaking a specially constructed full-scale model building at CEEatGT’s Structures Lab...

Aral’s lab wins top research prize for work on Camp Lejeune contamination
Mustafa Aral’s Multimedia Environmental Simulations Laboratory has won the grand prize in research from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists. Their work on water contamination at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune influenced the passage of a federal law providing medical services for affected Marines and their families...

Muhanna to deliver invited lecture at gathering on uncertainty modeling
The world’s experts in uncertainty modeling will gather in India later this year, including Rafi Muhanna. The meeting’s organizers have invited Muhanna to deliver a key lecture at the meeting...

DesRoches joins National Research Council Board on Army Science and Technology
School Chair Reginald DesRoches is one of the newest members of the Board on Army Science and Technology at the National Research Council. DesRoches will serve in the prestigious role for three years...






2015 NSF fellowships go to Ph.D. students Atiyya Shaw and Brittany Suttner

Two CEEatGT students won coveted graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation this spring. Brittany Suttner is developing ways to assess water quality and risk to public health by using the genetic markers of bacteria that usually indicate fecal contamination. Atiyya Shaw is working to better understand — and model — the visual search patterns of drivers...


Banner is Georgia Society of Professional Engineers’ student of the year, CEE alumni take top awards

The Georgia Society of Professional Engineers gave its top honors to a CEEatGT student and two alumni in February. The society named senior Brandie Banner its Engineering Student of the Year. Angela Snyder received the Georgia Young Engineer of the Year award and Robert MacPherson was named the 2015 Engineer of the Year...


Do no harm: Phelps' approach to engineering earns him ASCE fellowship, lifetime achievement award
Alumnus Andy Phelps received an ASCE Lifetime Achievement Award this spring, and he was just elected a fellow in the organization. His career has literally spanned the globe, working on oil-spill cleanup during the first Gulf War to restructuring and privatizing the British nuclear energy industry...


Degree ranking from the American Society of Engineering Education's Engineering Data Management System as of July 2014. Studeny body and alumni data from Georgia Tech sources.

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